Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid forward says 2016 was his 'perfect year'

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 16 goals in 22 appearances for Real Madrid this season

Cristiano Ronaldo says 2016 was the "perfect year" after his hat-trick helped Real Madrid beat Kashima Antlers 4-2 to win the Club World Cup.

The 31-year-old scored from the spot and twice more in extra time as he added the Fifa title to the Euro 2016 and Champions League crowns.

Ronaldo also collected his fourth Ballon d'Or award in Paris last week.

"This is the trophy we really wanted to end the year in the best way possible," said the Portuguese forward.

"I didn't think it would end like this: winning the final, scoring three goals and helping Real Madrid.

"I'd like to thank my team-mates yet again, because I cannot win individual trophies without them.

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"We won the Champions League, the Uefa Super Cup and the Club World Cup. I also won the Euros with Portugal. It was a perfect year. I am very happy to end the year in such a way."

Ronaldo, who has scored 16 goals in 22 appearances for La Liga leaders Real this season, also took another swipe at his perceived critics.

"Everyone always expects more from Cristiano, I always give my best and if I can't do it it's because I'm unable," he said.

"People often talk too much, but I'm used to that. I show my quality on the pitch and nothing has gone badly. I have kept my level of performance as high as possible over the last 10 years. I want to keep working and enjoy my football, that is what I love the most.

"The statistics don't lie. I am really happy, I've had a great season personally and as part of a team."